If you have time, it might be worth actually staying a night or two in Kandy on the way from the Cultural Triangle to the Hill Country. If you do this, you can then take the train through the plantations.
Someone once asked us what made Sri Lanka and the Maldives such a great combination; we answered that it is like sipping a Gin & Tonic when mixed you mix the two, it is so utterly refreshing. It is perfect for a two-week winter sun escape, a honeymoon or even a family holiday. Although it is better in the winter months, the itinerary can easily be adapted in the summer when the north of Sri Lanka is best (the south coast gets hit by the monsoon).
We can tailor the itinerary totally around what you want to do, and your particular interests, maybe spending longer in Sri Lanka, for instance. This suggested itinerary is simply a perfect mixture of culture, adventure and beach. Although the Maldives is wonderful if you spend your entire time there, it is a little bit too much, so you need a week or so of something more immersive, and Sri Lanka is the perfect addition. As we said, together they are like an utterly refreshing G&T. Sit back, smile and let the magical experience unfold.
Begin in Colombo, where we definitely suggest a night close to the airport after you arrive from a long flight. Stay in the stunning Horathapola Estate or the Wallawwa. The next day, your private driver will meet you and take you to the Cultural Triangle. Here, you get your culture-fix. Climb the stunning Sigiriya Rock, and rediscover your inner-Indiana Jones at the ancient lost city of Pollonnaruwa. Delve into the caves of Dambulla to see full-size Buddhas on display. You then turn south, stopping in Kandy to explore the Temple of the Tooth. You will then spend three nights in the Hill Country. This stunningly beautiful corner of Sri Lanka is home to verdant tea plantations and wonderful views. Spend your days walking, or just looking out at the view, tea (or something stronger) in hand.
Return to Colombo for the short one-hour flight to the Maldives. We can offer a whole host of resorts in the Maldives, depending on your budget and particular requirements. This could be an all-inclusive resort, a resort with amazing over-water villas or an island that gives you that perfect barefoot retreat.
We arrange totally bespoke trips and design an itinerary that is designed around you. You may have seen a suggested itinerary that we can base your plans around, or we can start with a blank sheet and paper and design something from scratch. You can leave a phone number and suggest a time to call you back, and we can also arrange to do this during the evenings or at weekends if you are busy during the daytime. We can also meet up with you in you fancy a coffee and are based in and around London.